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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Read, 26 July 2011
The Ghost Runner is a fascinating story and in addition a brilliant insight into amateur athletes of that time. You can see that Bill Jones has thoroughly researched his subject the person John Tarrant, and how the media reacted to him, along with the authorities' response to the pressure he put on them, he was their Achilles heel. The story did not predominantly come from John Tarrant's point of view, but with the thoughts of those who came in contact with John, and the memories of friends and family are well documented making this a heart-warming human story.
Endemic of the time, widespread elitism, and superiority and down right snobbery forged a heavy backpack for John; he may come across as selfish in some parts of his life but his stamina and dogged determination was spellbinding to read, I actually felt exhausted; I was thoroughly absorbed through the whole journey.
It is a well-structured methodical book to read and I found it very hard to put down; I defy anyone not to cry especially in the last section. I will be recommending this to many, you don't have to be an athlete to enjoy it. Love to see it on the big screen.